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Anything from candy to bugs!
I started making bug pendants 5 years ago.

I love working with resins you can have so much fun.

Posted by The AfterCraft from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada • Published See The AfterCraft's 59 projects »
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  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 1
    Step 1

    Do as I say not as I do.

    Make sure you're wearing clothes you can wreck just in case you wipe or spill resin on you.

    I've not used gloves. You REALLY should.

    Prepare yourself.

    ***Open your windows*** or even better do this outside.

    More industrial resins should be used outside and with gas masks as fumes are toxic.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 2
    Step 2

    When you're using molds it's best to invest in a spray release. This will help prevent from you saying nasty words and getting mad when you can't get your pendant out.

    You only need to spray REEEEEAAALY lightly. Like.. you don't want any big old droplets in the mold as the resin will go around it and you'll have big ol' nasty bumps in your pendant.

    If nessisary take a cloth and spray it and wipe the mold.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 3
    Step 3

    Always use two containers. One for measuring and one for mixing.

    I don't recommend reusing these so expect to chuck em. They are cheap.

    You can also use plastic cups for mixing.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 4
    Step 4

    You want to consider before you start about how much resin you'll be using.

    You'll need to set THREE different layers and each layer needs time in between. Which means you need to make THREE seperate batches.

    Think of it this way, you got a foreground, a middle ground and a background.

    Each layer is about a third of how thick you want the pendant.

    Allow each layer to set before proceeding to the next. This can be a few hours between.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 5
    Step 5

    Here I am measuring out ONE of the solutions in the kit...the hardner.

    Resins are created through a chemical reaction of two solutions. One will be the catalyst.

    ***Always read the instructions as each resin varies on how to use.***

    I'm using Envirotex Lite. In this case it's a 1:1 ration.

    So if you use one ounce of one, you use one ounce of the other.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 6
    Step 6

    I find it difficult sometimes to see the lines on the measurements and marking your line also will ensure you measure the same amount of the second solution.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 7
    Step 7

    Pour into mixing container and scrap with wooden stick.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 8
    Step 8

    Measure them same amount of the second chemical/solution.

    Remember that line we did?

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 9
    Step 9

    Aaaand mix for at least two minutes.

    It's SUPER important not to rush this step as if it's not mixed right, it aint gonna set right.

    Now three things will probably happen when you do this.

    1) It might feel if you hold the container that it's getting warm. This is normal since it's a chemical reaction taking place.

    2) Air bubbles will appear. We'll talk about this later. Don't worry about them keep mixing.

    3) It'll get milky in colour. Keep stirring this will go away.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 10
    Step 10

    Pour in a little bit for your foreground.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 11
    Step 11

    Wait for the layer to set.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 12
    Step 12

    I don't have a picture for this step.

    If you've got an object that has small crevises use a paintbrush to paint the small parts to stop air bubbles from forming around your object for the next step.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 13
    Step 13

    Pour in the next layer with your object.

    You can just cover the object or leave a little exposed it's up to you.

    I've used sand and a picture in this example.

    TIP: If I wanted the sand sitting behind the object I would had put the sand in the NEXT layer.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 14
    Step 14

    Wait again for this layer to set

    OR if you want a clear background then just go ahead and cover your object.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 15
    Step 15

    In the last layer you can always add colour or more embellshments as a background.

    Some resins you can get colourant to add to the resin to create... well colours.

    I've just gone for clear.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 16
    Step 16

    Allow to cure for 24-48 hours.

    You should be able to literally just POP your pendant out of the mold.

    Use a drill with a small drill piece for your hole an add your metal piece for hanging your necklace.

    Drilling tip.. have it on a soft surface so it doesn't create too much pressure when drilling to avoid breakage. ( you can see mine chipped a lil here)

    You can sometimes buy polishing solutions if you want your object more shiny.

  • How to make a resin pendant. Resin Pendant With A Mold - Step 17
    Step 17

    BUBBLES!!!!!!

    Nasty-son-of-a-gun bubbles.

    Depending on your resin here are some ways to help get rid of them.

    I mentioned in another tutorial blowing on the product Envirotex lite which is a polymine hardner or using a blow torch will make the bubbles pop. It's the CO2 in this case that makes them pop.

    Polyester resins and polyurethane resins: One you mix your chemicals together tapping for a few taps the container on the bottom can help clear some out. OR when you are pouring hold the liquid high above the mold (several inches) and allows the stream the become very thin while you are pouring, bubbles will pop as the stream should be too thin for the bubbles.

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The AfterCraft
The AfterCraft · Victoria, British Columbia, CA · 59 projects
Katie that's great! What are you going to put in them?
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Katie C.
Katie C.
I have found a lot of ones that are shipping from the US but shipping is ridiculous!!! It's about 3x the amount of the mold, I think I am just going to suck it up and order it though. I bought the resin and release already. I can't wait to make these pendants!
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The AfterCraft
The AfterCraft · Victoria, British Columbia, CA · 59 projects
I bought mine at a local platic and paints store. They're actually molds for making cabinet door handles. You should be able to find loads of stuff online that is for soaps and candles etc too.

Resin is avaible at craft stores or google it and your country, it's not too difficult to get your hands on. Happy
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Katie C.
Katie C.
Where do you get your molds?
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Andy
Andy · Prague, Hlavní město Praha, CZ · 7 projects
THat was really help full where can you buy it how much
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Maisiee (:
Maisiee (: · Lincoln, England, GB · 12 projects
I'd love to try one of these.
Its great (:
Where can you buy the resin from and is it expensive?
thanks x
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Angela G.
Angela G. · Zaragoza, Aragon, ES · 3 projects
Thanks a lot!The tutorial is brilliantHappy
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The AfterCraft
The AfterCraft · Victoria, British Columbia, CA · 59 projects
Awesome!! Glad I could be of help.
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SilverM0on
SilverM0on · Quebec City, Quebec, CA · 28 projects
thank you for the tutorial i always wanted to try that ^_^
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